Book Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton


Title: Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)
Author: Alice Clayton @alice_clayton
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 320 pages
Rating: 4 stars


After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Michelle's Review

Roxie Callahan left Hudson Valley 10 years ago for the glitz and glamour of becoming a private chef to the stars.  After graduating high school and being the perpetual shy girl, she decided to sign up for culinary school, away from the “mean girls” and her hippie mom.  Everything was going so well for Roxie in California until 1) her mom’s call hers because she needs Roxie to come back home so she can race around the world with her sister on a TV Realty Show and 2) getting fired from one of her main clients because of … what for it … BUTTER.  So off Roxie goes back to Upstate New York to handle her mother’s diner just for the summer. 


While working at the diner, Roxie has one of the funniest encounters with Leo Maxwell and the many other mishaps thereafter are also very funny.  Leo “the farmer”, damn I just want to go Hudson Valley and see if there any sexy farmers floating about.  Oh and if he’s a dirty talking farmer like Leo, even better.  Leo is immediately put on notice by Roxie that she is only in NY for the summer but if they want to play “the farmer in the dill” (ok I made that up), she is totally game.  So Luke is duty noted and he’s all up for the same type of relationship.  No strings.


Although, Roxie had plans to stay only for the Summer, it seems little new ventures are taking place to possibly keep her in Hudson Valley and it all started with Zombie Pickle classes (yeah it’s funny how the name came about).  Couple with the fact that she’s revamping the diner’s menu with her own twist and baking fabulous cakes that is also taking notice. 


Overall, I really enjoyed the book from start to finish.  Was it as funny as her others like the Red Head Series or Wallanger?  No, not for me.  I’ve been missing that aspect of Ms. Clayton’s writing, the “laugh until my stomach hurts”.  I really do enjoy that Ms. Clayton always write strong female leads with a super-hot hero.  I also enjoyed the secondary characters, Trudy (Roxie’s mom), Chad and Logan, even her BFF Natalie was hoot (and I see a book in her future with a certain dairy farmer).  What I really loved, seeing a small appearance of Grace and Jack from the Redhead Series (God I miss my Sweet Nuts and Crazy Girl).  Will I continue with the series?  Absolutely.


*An ARC was received for an honest review.


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The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful


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